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Discover the program that teaches early care and education providers as well as parents how to foster early literacy skills in children ages five and under.


Reading and the Brain

DateThursday, January 25th, 2018 to Friday, April 20th, 2018
Time 8:30am to 4:00pm
Course Number1120
LocationStern Center for Language and Learning
183 Talcott Road
Suite 101
United States
Course Description

Humans are not hard-wired for reading, and yet, most young children learn how to read, at least at a basic level, by first grade. How does our primate brain learn how to read using preexisting neural circuitry and what happens when the reading process goes awry? This interactive course is designed for any educator who wishes to learn about the neuroscience of reading and how research and knowledge of the English language improve classroom instruction. Course participants will leave with an in-depth understanding of phonological awareness, phonology, reading and spelling development, reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and written expression. Participants will leave with practical strategies they can immediately implement with their students. Teachers working toward their Orton-Gillingham Certified Level will obtain 37 coursework hours.

Examples of topics covered in the course:

  • Neuroscience of reading and dyslexia
  • Analysis of neuromyths
  • Progression of phonological awareness and its role in reading development
  • Common consonant and vowel phonological confusions and their impact on reading and spelling
  • Stages of reading and spelling development
  • Strategies to build reading fluency
  • Multisensory grammar instruction
  • Robust vocabulary instruction
  • Understanding and improving reading comprehension

Tiers I, II, and III.

Three graduate credits through Castleton University are optional for an additional $570.


Peggy Price, M.Ed., Fellow/AOGPE

Director of the Orton-Gillingham Institute at the Stern Center

Peggy Price, M.Ed., Fellow/AOGPE, is the Director of the Orton-Gillingham Institute at the Stern Center. She provides training at the Orton-Gillingham (OG) Classroom Educator, Associate, and Certified levels in addition to a broad array of OG workshops and webinars. Peggy oversees a talented team of OG Fellows across the east coast who assist her with providing in-depth mentorship to educators seeking OG certification. She regularly speaks at national conferences about the OG Approach, has been featured in podcasts, and is an editor for the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators newsletter. She has taught Orton-Gillingham to students from ages 5-44, and loves witnessing her students (and now the educators she mentors) blossom as they learn the structure of the English language. Price teaches 6-7 graduate courses a year in partnership with Castleton University.

Prior to moving to Vermont, Price taught at Trident Academy, a private school for students with language-based learning disabilities, in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Price also taught at the Coralwood School in Dekalb County, Georgia, where she also served on the board of the Coralwood Foundation. During graduate school, Price held a research assistantship with Project Healthy Grandparents in Atlanta to provide early intervention services for low-income children at risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Price holds a master’s degree in Special Education: Early Childhood Multiple and Severe Disabilities from Georgia State University. Her bachelor’s degree is in Psychology, with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Binghamton University. Her favorite quote is from Dr. Miriam Balmuth, “What we need instead of one well-grounded, teacher-proof method is a universe of well-grounded, method-proof teachers.” Peggy firmly believes every child has the right to become a literate member of our society, and every teacher deserves the knowledge and training to realize that promise.

Required MaterialsPlease see course description for required readings.
AudienceReading specialists, special educators, classroom teachers, literacy coaches, and tutors
Grade LevelK - 12
Additional Information

Participants seeking Orton-Gillingham (OG) Certified Level training should already be certified at the Associate Level by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. Please contact the instructor with questions about OG Certified Level training.

Three graduate credits through Castleton University are optional for an additional $570.

This course will occur from 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM on the following dates:

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018
  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Friday, March 16, 2018
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
  • Friday, April 20, 2018

Required reading if taking the course for graduate credit: “Expert Perspectives on Interventions for Reading” by Moats, Dakin, & Joshi

You will need to purchase this book on your own for $23: https://dyslexiaida.org/product/expert-perspectives-on-interventions-for-reading

We are no longer accepting registrations for this course.

Another offering of this course will be offered in July, 2018.

Click here for more information about the July offering of Reading and the Brain.

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